Casper Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 18, 2012
Never cloying or abundant with cutesy dialogue...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Polly M. Robertus
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Haunted house tale not as mild as the cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
July 16, 2010
Only Ricci, strange gothic child that she is, gets close to shining next to the animation.
Jane Howdle
Empire Magazine
July 16, 2010
t's aimed squarely at the tinies, but there is charm enough here to make it bearable for adults too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
A fairy tale with the soul of a rerun.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 18, 2007
he's a friendly little guy ain't he
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
It's not clear why Steven Spielberg's Amblin decided to make a live-action entertainment starring the least interesting and most saccharine of all 50s cartoon characters.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 18, 2007
The high-tech animation is completely persuasive; nothing else is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 18, 2007
Once the audience has become inured to the wide-eyed protagonist and impressive digitized effects, there's little sense of wonder or awe to be found.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The set design, however, merely disguises what is in fact an intimate and likeable picture.
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
October 20, 2005
Nice kid's story. Good efects. Who would say that this innocent girl will become a sensual actrees...
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
A hollow and garish echo of the sweet little ghost.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Casper's movie is not the cleverest one around, but its hero may be the most lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
It's a good family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
By all standards of logic and reason, this film should be crap... and yet somehow, it succeeds in its modest goals.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
This doesn't usually happen to me, but 15 minutes before the end of Casper I suddenly realized that if I didn't take a deep breath, I was going to start sobbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 9, 2001
Fun for kids, I suppose, but hardly worth mentioning otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The movie is downright sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Casper moves like a dirge, especially when it sinks into a meditation on death a la Ghost. As specter spectacles go, Casper is a bit of a ghost bust.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A very juvenile film, aimed squarely at the preteen audience, which it will no doubt satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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